Friday, April 10, 2009

Worked for them


Holidays make us slightly nostalgic, do they not? It's when craftsman houses and old-timey kitchens look particularly appealing, even if they hearken back to a time we've never actually known.

Why do we think people were so much happier, safer, and saner back then? Was it the simplicity of daily life? The well-established familial roles? The lack of gadgetry and gimmickry? Was it the belief in and availability of good government, good neighbors, and ...

Drugs


Faith





Herbal restoratives












Vin Ordinaire







The innocence of childhood








I leave these questions to greater minds than mine. As some old guy with a beard once wrote:

"My childhood home I see again, And gladden with the view; And still, as memories crowd my brain, There's sadness in it, too/O Memory! thou midway world/Twixt earth and paradise/ Where things decayed and loved ones lost In dreamy shadows rise/ And freed from all/ That's gross or vile/ Seem hallowed, pure, and bright /Like scenes in some enchanted isle /All bathed in liquid light."

(You know those pictures of your great grandma and grandpa, where they look all stern and depressed? It's because they didn't have a toothache.)

21 comments:

bandit said...

liquid light-give you any ideas?

gueruki

altadenahiker said...
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Anonymous said...

Looks like asthma had its advantages too.

GG

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

It's funny because those questions are same in any culture and habit. What the reason that take us to be nostalgic in certain Holidays?

Miss Havisham's Tea Party said...

Egg Lincoln was a hardboiled crackhead and dyed for us.

mutanti

Cafe Pasadena said...

That's it - no toothache?
I thought maybe it was bcuz they were just aliens bewildered with life on this new planet.

Has anyone seen Madame G lately?

altadenahiker said...

Oh, the one time Fabrizio, who is a brilliant photographer, visits me, it's on this post. He must think I'm insane. Now I really do have to go to the Sunrise Service.

Here's one of my all time favorite photos by this charming man. http://torinodailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/10/and-life-goes-on.html

Petrea said...

I'm nostalgic for some things, but frankly there's plenty of it I'm glad to leave behind.

Just went to Fabrizio's blog and loved all over it.

Virginia said...

Paregoric- Mother's Delight. I "bathed" gums in it to ward the effects of new teeth coming in. If a little slipped down the throat....Oh well. You can't be too careful you know. It was a happier time.
V

Virginia said...

OK, that is one of my favorite Fabrizio photos too. I have it and another hanging on my wall right now. It is a fabulous photograph and you are right, he's a master.
V

PS Get your tail to sunrise service. Don't forget your hat.

Margaret said...

That's quite a collections of photos. Where did you find them?

Vanda said...

There was a documentary on tv, I don't remember the title, but it was the history drugs. Cocain, opium, heroin, all started out as health tonics to cure everything from female nervousness to toothache. You know what the active ingredient of Coca Cola was.

Laurie said...

Karin, you've been holding out. Now I know who to call the next time I have a migraine.

Fabrizio is one of my favorite daily photo bloggers. His night shots make me want to jump into the pictures. I'm sure I could figure out how to jump into them with some of your tonics.

Terry B said...

Yeah, Coca Cola claimed there was nothing to the coca leaves they used in early versions of their drink, but when they were finally forced to stop using them, caffeine magically appeared as an ingredient. Probably just a coincidence.

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Oh pleaseee
all that stuff is readably available within a block of my studio. That restaurant on the corner of Matao and 7th street? ask for Jaun...he'll fix your clock (but I doubt he caries novocain; you can ask). About the grandparents? I know a nice resting place with a nod to Meso America

altadenahiker said...

My personal favorite is the one of the pope selling wine. Hey, it's good stuff; would he lie to you?

AmyR said...

My aching wisdom teeth wouldn't mind some of those drops!

Ah, those were the days...or not.

-K- said...

"...lost In dreamy shadows rise/ And freed from all/ That's gross or vile/ Seem hallowed, pure, and bright /Like scenes in some enchanted isle /All bathed in

Three grains of opium with a
Coca Wine chaser."

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

Ehi folks ! You all are too polite with me !!! -- Happy Easter Karin :-)

Susan C said...

I thought Margaret told me this morning that I should get some of your old rugs. Oh, DRUGS. That makes more sense.

I've always been intrigued with opium.

Oh, and add my name to the Fabrizio fan club.

Tash said...

The ads are great - reminds me of the ones used in "Greene & Greene for Kids". I jsut had an imagine of stunned young mothers flipping thru a children's book & seeing these pictures. Hee-hee.
Ever flip thru The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Eco? It has little photos like that of book covers, posters, comics all from 40's/50's in Italian.